Often times BI Tableau Developers are plagued with the difficult decision of either showcasing their work to a potential employer, which can be the deciding factor in receiving an offer but often comes at the expense of disclosing sensitive information, or alternatively modifying their dashboard and underlying data with "dummy" values, which in essence decreases the effectiveness of the dashboards original message.
An alternative to this dilemma is to recreate what is arguably one of the most outdated, least interactive, and most visually unappealing aspects of the job seeking process; the résumé.
Of course reinventing the résumé would require reshaping the norm set decades ago that a résumé should be in a traditional .docx or PDF format. Over the past several years Linkedin has continued its efforts to modernize the résumé in the form of a user profile, and yet by todays standards a Linkedin profile is intended to accompany a résumé, not replace it. Could it be that the résumé was perfected over a thirty years ago? I think not.
Reinventing the résumé to incorporate an interactive Tableau experience would require a major well needed shift in the recruiting and application process. Companies that decided to modernize their application process would need to update their current job posting infrastructure to act more similarly to the Tableau Server or support uploading .twbx files, which would require increased storage for data extracts as well as Tableau licenses for recruiters. Alternatively, Tableau could create a new revenue stream by leveraging their server technology and selling a similar service to job posting sites LinkedIn, Monster, and Dice, which would allow users to upload their résumé dashboard for prospective employers to view and interact with it. This feature would act similarly to the current Tableau Server in that viewers could seamlessly interact with dashboard action items as well as export relevant data and views. Applicants posting their résumé dashboard to the server of these respective job posting sites would be presented with useful security features such as passcode only viewing, restricted viewing by company, as well as monitoring features designed to track dashboard clicks and views from interested employers - a feature LinkedIn would most likely bundle into their currently unattractive "Premium" membership. Reinventing the résumé using Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server integration would thus create the missing element of the current résumé; the visual interactive experience.
It certainly seems that Tableau has a great opportunity at hand to reinvent and revolutionize the résumé and application process going forward, just how long until they seize it remains unknown.
Business Intelligence Analyst